Groton Conservation Trust www.gctrust.org will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its Annual Meeting, Thursday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. (social hour) at the Lawrence Academy MacNeil Lounge. Keynote speaker, Ted Elliman, Sr., Botanist with the New England Wild Flower Society, will talk at 7 p.m. about local invasive species, how to identify them and keep them in check.
Nashoba Paddler opens for the spring season May 1, with weekend and holiday hours 9:30 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. at 398 West Main St (Rt. 225) on the Nashua River. Young people (6-17) may sign up for summer River Camp sessions, an adventure-based environmental education canoeing camp. Contact email@example.com
Signups have begun for the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) Summer Eco-Adventures Program. Based at NRWA’s River Resource Center at 592 Main Street in Groton, these 4-day camp sessions are designed for specific age groups and are open to children from all communities. Space is limited. Contact Stacey Chilcoat (978) 448-0299, email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org
Dave Minott will lead a Groton Trails Committee guided walk at Gamlin Crystal Springs conservation area, Sunday May 4, 1 p.m. sharp. This parcel features beaver ponds, dense woods, rocky outcrops, and an old quarry. Suitable for families with children. Wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the trail head parking lot on Old Dunstable Rd, on the left, just past the sign for Gamlin Conservation Area.
Groton Local and Groton Public Library with the support of the Town of Groton’s Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund, is showing More Than Honey: A Film on the Disappearance of Honeybees at the library’s Sibley Hall, Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m. Before the movie at 6:15, a honey tasting will be offered by Caneen Canning of Follow the Honey, a shop in Cambridge. Registration at gpl.org is required.
Saturday, May 10, the Groton Garden Club holds its Annual Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.-noon at Groton Town Hall. A variety of herbs, heirloom plants, and perennials will be available along with free advice from seasoned gardeners. Further down Main Street, in front of the Prescott School, the Groton Lions Club Plant Sale will be selling annuals, vegetables, potting soil and hanging baskets for Mother’s Day from 7 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Groton Pool and Golf Center, 94 Lover’s Lane, (off Rt 119) will host their Annual Open House, Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Rain or shine. A Day of Fun, Games, Prizes, and Refreshments as visitors check out the facilities, get information on golf leagues and tournaments, weekly summer camps and event venue possibilities. Open to the general public.
The Groton Pony Club will sponsor a 3-Phase Schooling Show, Sunday, May 18. Riders must register, but spectators are welcome at the Groton Fairgrounds on Jenkins Road between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as riders and their horses demonstrate mastery of dressage, stadium jumping, and cross-country jumping in competition.
Friends of the Trees in conjunction with the Groton Garden Club, are celebrating Groton Arbor Day, Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m., at the Lawrence Park on Broadmeadow Rd., behind the library. Seedlings are handed out. A Proclamation, singers, Arbor Day tree, and family fun are part of the celebration.
Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club jointly sponsor a Guided Trail Hike, Sunday, May 18, 1-3 p.m. in Groton Town Forest. Olin Lathrop will lead the walk through habitats of scenic woodland, including eskers, kettle holes, dry upland, marsh, the dead river, and more. Leashed dogs are allowed on this hike. Take West Main St. (Rt. 225) in Groton to Town Forest Rd. Meet at the end of Town Forest Rd. Stormy weather cancels hike.
Groton’s Memorial Day Parade starts 9 a.m., Monday, May 26, with stops at the common at the intersection of Main and Pleasant Streets, Legion Common [across from the Boutwell School], Sawyer Common [intersection of Hollis Street and Martins Pond Road], and the Groton Cemetery where the main ceremonies will be held.
Special honor is given this year to World War II Veterans of the Normandy Invasion, though all veterans are welcome to participate.
Groton Wellness and Groton Community Foundation are holding a fundraising Ride for Free Wellness, Saturday, May 31, on the Nashua River Rail Trail. Participants of all ages can ride bikes, scooters, horses, roller blades or simply walk to raise money for the groups’ effort to provide free wellness consultation and treatment to those individuals who do not have the ability to pay for private supplemental health care. Park and register between 1 and 1:30 p.m. at the Groton Dunstable Middle School, 344 Main St. (Rt. 119.) Cost is $25 plus all the donations you can raise.
Looking ahead, the Greenway Committee is looking for Volunteers to help with the planning of the Groton Greenway River Festival. This laid-back, fun, family-friendly community event is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Petapawag Canoe Launch site, near the bridge on Route 119. Contact Pete Carson email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of its 2014 Speaker Series “The Future of Nature,” The Nature Conservancy presents Inesting in Nature: Conservation and the Bottom Line, Monday, May 12, Reception 5:30 p.m., Panel 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Speakers include Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune, and Howard Stevenson of Harvard Business School.
The Worcester Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will hold its Annual Spring Picnic, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Hopkinton State Park. Children and family activities, hikes for all ages, bike rides, paddling, gear swap, BBQ lunch and more. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Rain or shine. No alcoholic beverages.